I just got back from styling an out of State photoshoot for one of my clients! Upon my return I met with The Fusion King’s Producer Jorge Milliano before he flew back to his new home Miami! We talked about all things fashion and my exciting moment Meeting Fashion Icon Dapper Dan! Over our celebration he gave myself and our private party a quick rundown of The Fusion King’s and other new album/EP concepts! You will be surprised by the homage that he pays by recruiting Reggaeton Pioneers and adding the new school artists! He is also fusing up and coming artists from Panama and Cuba together on a track with artists from Puerto Rico into an explosive dancehall sound!
Listen! The talent on this website is beyond incredible! I am so excited to say that Jorge Milliano‘s album The Fusion King’s will be available to pre ordered on April 28th!
Congratulations! You deserve everything good that’s about to happen to you! The sleepless nights, perfecting your craft working a full time job then running to the studio, coordinating your time with star studded artists!
Repost from November
The night was filled with music enthusiasts and fans of the star studded orchestra! Belinda Munro Gardner loves Ella Fitzgerald so it was only fitting to select honor Ella by celebrating her Centennial for Jazz Houston’s Inaugural concert!
Luxshop4u Community members Belinda Munro and Vincent Gardner had a wonderful turn out for their Inaugural Concert.
Jazz Houston is a non profit organization and their mission is to promote the cultivation of Jazz Music through performance, education and community outreach.
Congratulations my friends I am so happy for you!
Natalie and B
To donate contact info@JazzHosuton.org
Trophy Season Miami Edition
Quite storms and cumulus clouds are clearing up! The sunshine, smiles, trophies and champagne celebrations are about to be seen all around the globe! Miami get ready! Official Mr.Phillips and Jorge Milliano are about to flood your airways this summer!
Jorge and Kevin Lyttle
I would personally like to thank my brothers for keeping me in the loop from the beginning until the end of their upcoming projects! Late and early morning whats apps with new songs, strategies and questions.
*Repost from January before my website crashed!
On the night of January12, 2018 the Heavens opened and Danny Woods entered, with his trademark smile and a peace that most can only wish to experience. Danny began his amazing journey in Atlanta, GA on March 27, 1942, the son of Daniel Woods, Sr. and Julia Dukes Woods. During his formative years, he strengthened his amazing voice and set the foundation for his faith while singing in the church choir. Along the way, he caught the eye of Gladys Knight and developed a friendship that resulted in taking his first step onto a stage and performing during one of her shows.
Possessing a strong desire to share his talents with the world, Danny left Atlanta and headed to Detroit. In Detroit, Danny befriended David Ruffin, later of the Temptations, Clyde Wilson, and Melvin Davis. With the talent this quartet possessed, forming a group was the only logical course. They toured throughout Michigan, earning accolades from all who saw them. It was during this time that Danny also performed with Rare Earth and Aretha Franklin. Danny and David took the next step and moved to New York to find fame. There Danny met his hero, the great Jackie Wilson. While in New York, Danny’s talent wasn’t lost on the greats of the time. Danny performed many times at the Apollo Theater with the likes of The O’Jays, The Spinners, The Stylistics, Manhattans, Wilson Picket, Jackie Wilson, and numerous other entertainers.
As word of his talent spread, his exposure increased and the number of fans skyrocketed. In 1967, when Holland/Dozier/Holland left Motown and established Invictus/Hot Wax record labels, they needed a flagship act with talent to spare and charisma like no other. That’s when they turned to Danny, General Norman Johnson, and Harrison Kennedy to be their premier talent as Chairmen of The Board. During this time, the Chairmen of the Board not only hit the airwaves but the charts as well. With such hits as “Pay to the Piper” and “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” the Chairmen of the Board were featured on Don Cornelius’ “Soul Train.” Riding on the tide of stardom, the members of Chairmen of the Board went on to do solo work with great success. It was during this time that Danny appeared on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and “The Johnny Carson Show.”
In the late 1970’s General Norman Johnson and Danny Woods made the decision to bring their dynamic energy and untouchable talent back to the Chairmen of the Board, and the legions of fans, awards, hits, and successes were boundless. As one of the top entertainers in the Beach Music genre he helped to create, Danny Woods has been inducted into the North Carolina and the South Carolina Music Halls of Fame, both as a member of Chairmen of the Board and as a solo artist. He received awards, accolades and recognition that went far beyond the dreams of the young boy in Atlanta, singing in the church choir.
Astoundingly, through all of the successes Danny enjoyed, he remained as he was in his youth. Above all in his life was his devotion to his Heavenly Father and his faith. He praised his Father for all that he had received in his life and recognized that his talent was a gift from God, a gift he loved to share with others. When not performing or visiting with others, Danny could be found wetting a hook, either on a river bank or on a pier; it never mattered to him as long as he was fishing. He never outgrew his roots. Offstage, he enjoyed the farm life, meeting people, making them smile, and leaving them with the love he had for all, spreading his love of Christ. His stage presence was larger than life, his energy infectious, and his personality endearing. Many called him friend and reached to share a bit of his light.
When Danny went to his Heavenly home, he left behind his devoted wife, Elaine Woods, and his cherished children Cheryl Woods-Weaver, Bryan Mason, Kimberly Pleasant, Micah Woods, Shena Kiper, and Corey Gates. He is also survived by a sister, Patricia Dixon, a brother, Harvey Woods, ten grandchildren, a son in-law and a daughter-in-law and a precious little girl he held close to his heart, Julia. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his sons Danny and Aaron, and two loving and supportive wives, Alma and Sharon. Danny also left behind many fans and friends, as well as memories, music, and magic that only Danny could produce and that will live on in his many recordings and the hearts of all who knew him.
*Repost due to my website crashing!
Grammy Hall of Fame and a posthumous mention on this upcoming weekend!
Dear Recording Academy, I am asking you to please write about and mention live about Danny Woods on your live broadcast this weekend!
Danny Woods formerly of the Chairmen of The Board passed away on January 12th, 2018 at his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was 75. The 7 octave performer had an infectious smile and an electric presence. One fan remembers him being on stage and jumping off of a trailer. “Chairmen Of The Board, one of the most popular Detroit acts in the early ’70’s, had a top 10 hit with “Give me Just a Little More Time,” as well as several Top 10 hits on the R&B Singles chart, including “Pay To The Piper,” “Chairmen Of The Board” and “Finder’s Keepers.” Grammys
My father-in-law also has a rare and coveted Aries album.
The most searched songs on Shazam are “Down At The Beach,” “You Had Me Fooled,” “Do Right,” “Pay To The Piper,” and “Back To The Beach.”
I am confident that his gospel albums will do the same!
I also call upon the beach community to hashtag #DannyWoodsChairmenOfTheBoardGrammys to get the attention of the Recording Academy and the Billboard Awards #DannyWoodsChairmenOfTheBoardBillboardAwards in hopes that they mention him! Lastly I challenge you to petition your mayors to create a Danny Woods day in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Atlanta, Detroit and North Carolina. Thank you
Open letter to BenjiRich Here is why Creatives like us need to own this album!
Saturday, November 11th, after a long few weeks of meetings and ups and downs, my husband who was born and raised in the “D” switched our Sirius radio from talk radio to music per my request! I hated much of what I heard so he continued to skim until we landed on Shade 45. That moment while I was venting about a situation something magical happened! A song called True came on and I freaked out because I saw the name DJ ASSAULT (Huge fan of his music) then I read the other names Royce Da 5’9” (Detroit rap legend), RSXGLD, and JMSN. Hubby and I immediately stopped talking and focused more on the Detroit catch phrases in the song. Royce Da 5’9” comes on and we both were geeked (Excited) because we do not hear many Detroit artist on the airwaves, or in the clubs aside from Big Sean and Dej Loaf we immediately wondered who was RSXGLD, when did this song come out and why are we just hearing their song TRUE!
Just as the song was coming to an end my husband said, “Nat,” I wish they would have added some Jit to this song, as soon as my husband said, “Jit” the rhythm switched to 808’s and Detroit techno/Jit, we both were shouting as if our favorite athlete made a score! The moment that rhythm changed it reminded me of when I lived in Toronto and had a girls weekend July 1st Canada Day and July 4th Independence Day with Ernestine to visit Nicole (Carlos Rogers cousin In-Law). That was the weekend Destiny’s Child had a concert and the Club was packed to see Beyoncé, Kelly, Latavia Roberson and Letoya Luckett.
It also brought me back to the days when I worked in Fairlane Mall at Coach with Tanya, Nakisha, Adriana, Deon, Kimica and Cyntara. I enjoyed my days living in Detroit and Farmington Hills driving Downtown Detroit on the Jefferson Freeway in the tunnel during 4th of July Weekend with my best friend Nicole. After hours on the East Side where you can only get in with secret knocks on the door! 8 mile, 7 mile and SouthField Freeway, Lodge 10 Freeway, Northland Mall, Wing Dings at Crystals, Fish Fry’s with our family, 2 for $60.00 Moët and Chandon, Better Made hot chips, and getting my hair done by Otha White. While the visuals rapidly went through my mind of my time living in Detroit I quickly searched for the song on iTunes and tweeted about it before I started my shift at work! Thank you Ro Spit and 14KT for painting beautiful memories with your words and for sharing your art with the world!
Here I am today Sunday, November 12th
Listening to the entire album for the first time this morning and I realize why I am so drawn to it! This album is the soundtrack to my current mood! It’s a reminder to creatives like us to focus on what’s important, do not get distracted by negativity and that steadfastness is key! Spectators watch what you are doing, get inspired by it and create it for themselves without acknowledgment. The spectators don’t realize that when you finally reach your peak it’s because of all of the sweat, tears and endurance that it took. BenjiRich the formula that we create remains silent, many won’t celebrate you when you get there and get uptight while they watch you accomplish your dreams. Check these songs out and let me know what you think!
My favorite songs were selected based on how it related to me and what I am going through on my path to greatness and dodging B.S
RSXGLD album are:
“I laced them boot straps and got my ass up! I ain’t never going back”
Days and Nights of hard work and sacrifice!
“You reminisce I remember”
“N a product of Reganomics slaving for dollars”
The mentality that was forced on many and they were lost and turnt out! In my current situation when people try to keep up with the Jones’s and do wicked things to take money away from some of us honest hard workers to pay the bills of what they tried to keep up with!
Quotes that sound like Benji Rich and my conversation
“Like, (blank) think, (Blank) think we doing ish just to be doing it, like we ain’t got a method to it you feel?” I will explain this to you via phone but I think that you already know how we get down like Voltron Phase 2 almost complete!
“For real this ain’t got nothing to do with us! This coming from a higher place, that means there’s more at stake, so it’s more to hate! This ‘ish more than great!” God bless us
Belief in our visions and crushing our goals!
What’s Happenin’ Brutha
Anyone who lost a loved one will relate to this! I remember calling insurance companies, the government and lawyers December 2007 when the tragedy in our family happened.
“We live next to the demons and heathens”
“The thoughts in my mind flying like a car with a drift”
Buy RSXGLD album now on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rsxgld/1274207602
Follow them on Instagram and Twitter @RSXGLD
@Rbenbanks on twitter and @BenjiRichDesigns on Instagram
Life is good! I just finished my interview with Eban Brown from The Stylistics who Nas collaborated with on “You Can’t Stop Us Now.” The same Eban Brown who was in the Legendary R&B group The Delfonics whose song “Walk Right Up To The Sun,” was sampled by Nas and Lauryn Hill for “If I Ruled The World!” My first stop after a long day of work is the tour merchandise area to buy an Illmatic hat!
My friend Chef loves Chronixx but could not attend the concert so my husband and I taped a little and sent it to Chef. Chronixx father Chronicle is also a reggae artist and has deep roots in the music industry.
I admit, I did not have the best seats and these photos prove it but, this is a great moment in my life that I really needed to share!
Surprise guest DMX performed “Here Comes The Boom” with Nas
We could not stay any later to see the Iconic Miss Lauryn Hill, my husband had an early morning.
I am very selective with who I use this platform for, but the conversation that I had with this young star made me actually listen to his music! His song Busy But My Bills Paid peaked my interest when I saw several people making youtube videos rapping along to it! I also relate to this song as I work a full-time job, I collaborate with other creatives and internationally promoted a few tours for my Luxshop4u community members one of whom I styled for.
Natalie: What caught my ear was your use of words! Busy But My Bills Paid represents many of my fellow creatives and I who work around the clock!
CNOTES: Yea, when I wrote busy but my bills paid, I already knew it related to everyone! The single mother, the nine to fivers the hustlers, the women who own their own businesses and each one of us who know they have responsibilities and having our bills paid are always on top of the list!
Natalie: When I spoke to you earlier in the week you mentioned the Crab in a barrel syndrome!
CNOTES: Yea especially out here in NY we don’t collaborate much down here! Look at Atlanta, even the producers are making beats together. So when u say crab in the barrel if u ever see them in a barrel they are all pulling each other down so the other can get to the top. That’s what I meant.
Natalie: How did you get a viral Busy But My Bills Paid challenge going? That’s a great marketing tool!
CNOTES: Again the song is undeniable so I just figured it would be a cool idea for people to really join in on this I wanted to see who is busy and who’s bills were paid. Lol, I appreciate everyone who’s joining in on the fun.
Natalie: “Close mouths don’t get fed, that”what mom’s said” What else did she teach you that stands out?
CNOTES: That’s exactly what she taught me to stand out, lol. I get so much from my mom and grandma who’s no longer with me in the physical. I mean even down to my swag my cadence. I miss them man!
Natalie: My condolences for your loss! Aside from them most likely being your number one fan who else would you say is your number one fan?
CNOTES: I believe I’m my number one fan and worst critic at the same time. Sometimes I rewind a song I did and I be like damn are they not hearing what I said! Lol
Natalie: Congratulations on shooting your Bet freestyle last week Friday! Do you have a team that connects you with media outlets or do you contact them?
CNOTES: Yea another marketing tool, my team and I thought of you know! I just network, if I see something that looks authentic and interesting then I inquire, but if it’s not gonna push my career or push the culture I won’t bother. “Busy But My Bills Paid is a hit record but it’s more to get you moving than me just showing you how lyrical I am. So I just wanted to give them bars on this freestyle, shout out to all of the legends that I named.
Natalie: What’s your favorite spot in Brooklyn?
CNOTES: Uhhh, too many to name and a few I can’t name gotta keep ’em low lol. But for the recently it’s been the Barclay center I still be excited like there’s really a stadium in Brooklyn!
Natalie: Do you think that you would ever partner with a Brooklyn Legend like Lil Cease, Lil Kim, Fabulous for a “Busy But My Bills Paid Remix?”
CNOTES: All bets are on the table! I just want us to unite and help each other, follow BIG’s advice and keep Brooklyn moving.
Natalie: Any plans to somehow perform during The Do Over outdoor party on October 1st in Brooklyn?
CNOTES: Yea that would be great, sign me up! Lol, if it’s BROOKLYN it’s me
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